After months of lobbying for a fairly major reform in the way the city adjudicates crimes committed with guns, Mayor Francis Slay and his staff found themselves on the receiving end of some harsh words from St. Louis judges yesterday. The 28 circuit court judges met for their monthly en banc meetin ... More >>
After listening to all 47 minutes of the oral argument that took place in Missouri's Supreme Court yesterday (which we've uploaded below), it all seems to come down to a single word: "project." What's a "project"? How specific does a developer need to be about a redevelopment "project" before a city ... More >>
Missouri's Eastern District Court of Appeals has finally weighed in on the lawsuit to thwart developer Paul McKee's $8.1 billion, 1500-acre vision for a new North St. Louis. Judges Robert Dowd, Mary Hoff and Sherri Sullivan agree with 22nd Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker, who ruled in July 201 ... More >>
If you're a developer, and you want the Board of Aldermen to subsidize your huge redevelopment, how specific must you be about your plans? That was the central question this morning during a hearing in Missouri's Eastern District Court of Appeals downtown. And things got a bit heated. Devel ... More >>
Tomorrow, in Missouri's Eastern District Court of Appeals, lawyers for developer Paul McKee will once again fight for the legitimacy for his $8.1 billion-dollar plan to revitalize North St. Louis -- and for the big chunk of change the city promised him in subsidies. So what's this court case all ... More >>
Photo by Jon GitchoffThis Saturday night was supposed to be Lure nightclub's last hurrah, but a judge ruled today that they can stay open for the time being. Despite the recent (and controversial) campaign by City Hall, neighboring businesses and private residents to shut down Lure (see our full ... More >>
Image viaPainting of Paul McKee's dreamPaul Puricelli, the attorney representing developer Paul McKee, just filed Northside's final post-trial brief. It's a 32-page defense of the land magnate's plan for North St. Louis, a plan that aims to radically transform the City but for months has been thr ... More >>
Michele Boldrin, chair of Wash U's Economics Department, called McKee's forecasts "completely arbitrary"It was a heated and colorful first day in the trial that will determine whether the city properly greenlighted developer Paul McKee's 1,100-acre, $8.1 billion plan to revitalize nort ... More >>
www.randomhouse.comJudge Robert DierkerLast week St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Robert Dierker was denied a court motion to dismiss a red-light camera ticket issued against him, but the magistrate is undeterred. Dierker is convinced he'll win when the case when it finally goes to trial. On October ... More >>
stlouispatina.blogspot.comIn deciding the controversial fate of the San Luis Apartments in the Central West End today, Judge Robert Dierker ruled that local preservation groups have no say in deciding whether a building should or should not be demolished. In this case in particular, the judg ... More >>
Asbestos still takes its toll, but the lawsuits and victims are changing
Tom Bauer's "student bill of rights" stirs up a storm over the future of the city's public schools
The circuit clerk and the city's judges square off on the public's right to know. The clerk and the public are losing.
Regulators don't want a judge to tell Laclede Gas to fix corroding gas lines
New school-board members Amy Hilgemann and Rochell Moore wanted to improve public education in St. Louis but ended up suing the district. The gridlock continues, but the schools remain the same.
Week of October 10, 2001
For eight years, the city has kept Mark Finney from replacing the historic Syndicate Trust Building with a parking garage. He says, "Buy it or get the hell out of the way." It's time to put up or shut up.
Mayor Clarence Harmon may have nominated Capt. Beverly Noble-Barnes for a controversial promotion, but he didn't attend a police-board meeting to back her up
A local contractor gets called a fake as the dispute over minority set-aside contracts heats up. The city and some local contractors say he is; the state says he's not.
When the case of a woman who claimed she was fired after refusing sex with her boss came before Circuit Judge Robert H. Dierker Jr., he didn't just issue an order. He let the world know a little too much about his politics and what he thinks about the "de